March 17, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
The Florida State softball team raised its record to 29-5 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational with a convincing 11-0, five inning win over Troy State (22-10). Jen White-Stokes (10-2) moved to 2-0 with an ERA of 0.58 in the Invitational as the Noles advance to face Maryland in the tournament quarterfinals Sunday, March 18 at Messer Park.
“It was really nice to see our kids score some runs today,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “Troy State had played three one-run games this weekend against No. 21 Michigan and against two top 35 teams in UMass and Maryland so we feel really good about our run production today.”
The Seminoles scored at least one run in every inning and Brandi Stuart and Jessica van der Linden each knocked in two runs to raise their totals to 22 and 20 on the season respectively. Kimmy Carter went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Serita Brooks went 2 for 2 with two walks and she scored four runs in the game.
Jen White-Stokes recorded her fifth complete game and she allowed just two hits. She didn’t walk a Trojan batter and she struck out four. White-Stokes lowered her team-leading ERA to 0.54 and she moved into a tie for first with Leslie Malerich in wins (10). She is now leading the team in appearances (16) and innings pitched (90.2) and is tied for the team lead with 11 complete games, five shutouts and fewest earned runs allowed (7).
The 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational continues Sunday, March 18 when the rain-delayed quarterfinals begin at 10:00 a.m. Florida State and Maryland face-off for the right to play the Utah Utes in the semi-finals while Florida Atlantic and UMass will take part in the other quarterfinal with the winner advancing to face Nebraska in the semis. ALL of Sunday’s game will be played at Messer Park, instead of the Seminole Softball Complex, due to the number of games and time restrictions. All games are free to the public and Messer Park is located on Dupree Road just off of Pensacola Street.